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- 97%Local Culture
- 83%Family Travelers
- 81%Budget Travelers
- 70%Nightlife Lovers
- 62%Luxury Travelers
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- Little TokyoAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 13Mar 21, 2014
This is such a fun area to explore in LA. If you love Japanese culture, food, products, or most importantly HELLO KITTY, this is a must-see if you're in the area. The stores are so much fun to check out, lots of Japanese characters clothing and toys, cute female clothing (can get pricey!) and very authentic food. Be careful what you order because it's REALLY authentic and you may be surprised! This is not your average sushi joint! The Japanese pharmacies carry a lot of unique creams and they employees were very helpful. My favorite part Little Tokyo is the Sanrio store that has the best, most recent releases. The best Sanrio store I've been to (and there's been many)!Recommended for:
- Little TokyoMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 4Oct 02, 2013
Just like any other cultured space, this is a place where you have to visit and eat ramen at, its like in any big city, you have a subculture of people living in it and you won't know what's going on inside unless you explore it daily for a year. So many things that happens in this place that I would love to know on a day to day basis. If you don't have the time, then come here just for the food.Recommended for:
- Little TokyoMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 4Mar 27, 2014
Little Tokyo is a Japanese America district in downtown L.A. Despite its small territory, it got some of the very best Japanese restaurant in L.A. If you crave for Ramen, look no further. Over ten Ramen shops located here. They also got some upscale one mostly is affordable price range. Ramen and Mochi are alone worth to visit here. There is some few landmarks here like the Japanese American National Museum. There is a big Japanese Watchtower located entrance of the plaza.
Parking is a problem here, all the street parking is meter, go there in Sunday it would be free. Only 1 lot I know does validate parking for free that is the lot with Office Depot, Yogurt-land, and Hakata Ramen. There is lack of market and grocery here.
Crime rate is very low here; despite is rather closed to skid row... Little Tokyo often get new restaurant and always something new to eat here. I wish Chinatown also be more innovation, which is clearly nothing more than a tourist trap there, while Little Tokyo is not the case, local love to visit here.Recommended for:
- Little TokyoMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 2Oct 10, 2013
Little Tokyo is a gem in Los Angeles. Find all things Japanese here. There are ramen shops, shabu shabu places, art galleries, souvenir shops, and lots more. I love checking out the bakeries because even though I love sweets, I don't enjoy overdosing on sugar and the baked goods found are less sweet without sacrificing taste. Great place to explore if you've never been. There a number of fantastic restaurants to try if you're in the mood. I just wish I lived closer.Recommended for:
- Little TokyoJul 16, 2014
My favorite stop in downtown LA. All types of ramen joints and asian goodies to enjoy here. Street parking is free on sunday, but for all other days refer here for a parking guide.. http://www.parkme.com/los-angeles-parking/little-tokyoRecommended for:
- Little TokyoMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 7Jul 16, 2014
Ok I have been hanging out in Little Tokyo a lot. However Everyone calls it Japan Town or just J-Town. Regardless, This is a gentrified area that is popping most of the time. I end up over here for a lot of fun, some great nightlife, and some great dining options.
Literally it’s a very fun area to cruise around in. Obviously there is some good Japanese in the area. It is J Town after all. However they have some good non asian grub around as well. It ranges from German to KBBQ to klassy American. I love the Ramen joints in this area a lot as well.
Pro Tip: Parking during the day is a PITA at night if you park a block or two away, you can usually park for free.
There are plenty of random little shops with everything hello kitty that you could ever imagine desire or want to puke over. Let alone lots of little Japanese chotski’s, knick knacks, and touristy kinda items. I am sure you can get just about any kinda crazy little thing in this area that you could want that is random and not easily found outside of a Daiso…
There is an indoor mall that reminds me totally of when I have been to Asia. It has a supermarket, bowling alley, a lot of restaurants, karaoke, and a bunch of random shops. The only thing missing are the million little stalls and humidity.
Don’t forget to check out the night life around here. There are a few great bars, coffee shops, and activities close by. The LA gun range is nearby as is a place to go bouldering. Don’t forget you are close to Chinatown, the train station and the rest of DTLA. So there is a lot to do all the time.
Definitely not a waste of time to explore and check out all kinds of fun and shenanigans are easily had over here. Check it out I love it and so do a lot of my friends.Recommended for:
- Little TokyoMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodiesOct 02, 2012
Great spot at the edge of downtown LA! Parking can be a hassle, especially during lunch or dinner hours, but there is plenty of food options here! A lot of sushi restaurants, as well as some korean bbq restaurants, markets, and bakeries. There are also Japanese gift shops, and it's a nice safe little area to walk around! :)
- Little TokyoMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Jan 10, 2014
An area of downtown Los Angeles along 1st and 2nd streets with Japanese retail shops, restaurants, health and beauty services, and grocery markets. Save on gas and parking and take the Metro Gold Line here. The stop is just one block east of Little Tokyo.Recommended for:
- Little TokyoMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesTrendstersArt & Design LoversJul 23, 2014
Little Tokyo sure is little, and it's not like Tokyo at all. Still, I'm glad there is as mall Japanese enclave in Los Angeles that I can visit, though I think there is great ramen in several other L.A. neighborhoods.
- Little TokyoMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6May 30, 2013
Little Tokyo is a great place to grab a snack or meal and just hang out. Often times, there is a live musician performing in the squares. If you just want a snack you have your choice of mocha ice cream, red bean cakes, takoyaki (octopus balls), and pastries. For meals there are tons of sushi, ramen, and shabu restaurants to choose from. I love how clean Little Tokyo is despite being in downtown LA.
- Little TokyoMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 12Feb 07, 2013
I love Little Tokyo. It has something for everyone. There are various restaurants that range from affordable late night eats for college students to lunch spots for the workers in the area and trendy restaurants and cafes perfect for dates. Plus, it's a GREAT place for friends and family who are visiting as LT has little gift shops everywhere. I also love that there are two Japanese and one Korean grocery stores in this neighborhood. Yes, parking may be tough, but it's LA!
Other things you can find here: East West Players Theatre (the nations longest running Asian American Theatre Group), Japanese American National Museum, Karaoke spots and boutique stores with clothes and accessories.